True Homosexual Experiences : Boyd McDonald and Straight to Hell
Boyd McDonald (1925-1993) had the makings of a successful life in the 1950s an education at Harvard, a job at Time/Life but things didn t turn out as planned. After 20 years of resentful conformity and desperate alcoholism, McDonald dried out, pawned all of his suits, and went on welfare; it was then that his life truly began. From a room in a New York SRO hotel, McDonald published Straight to Hell, a series of chapbooks collecting readers true homosexual experiences. Following the example of Alfred Kinsey, McDonald obsessively pursued the truth about sex between men just as gay liberation began to tame America s sexual outlaws for the sake of legal recognition. Admired by such figures as Gore Vidal and William S. Burroughs, Straight to Hell combined a vigorous contempt for authority with a keen literary style, and was the precursor of the first queer zines decades later. Containing in-depth interviews with friends and family members and a wealth of previously unpublished material, True Homosexual Experiences: Boyd McDonald and Straight to Hell is the first book devoted to this key figure of the American underground."
- Hardback | 200 pages
- 158 x 238 x 20.32mm | 498.95g
- 22 Sep 2016
- We Heard You Like Books
- CA, United States
- 60 Illustrations, unspecified
Move over Maxwell Perkins, here s another editor who deserves to be more famous than you. Boyd McDonald may have been an alcoholic lunatic who masturbated chronically while encouraging readers to send in endless descriptions of their sex lives but he remained pure in spirit. -John Waters"